• S.T.A.M.P.   Test
    What does S.T.A.M.P.  stand for?  
    STAndardize Measurement of Proficiency.  
    What is it ?
    The S.T.A.M.P. test  is a computer based test which measures a student's ability to use a language. It is composed of 4 parts: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.  It used by the high school as a placement test.  It is graded on a scale of 1-9.  Students who score a 3 on one of the four tests qualify to be placed in Spanish II.  
    Who takes the test?  
    Eighth grade students with a  minimum of 90 % average for six marking periods ( 4 marking periods of 7th grade and first two of 8th grade) qualify to take the S.T.A.M.P test .
    When is the test administered?  
    The test is given in the Spring after state testing.  This year, we  waited until all PARCC testing was completed.  We began testing on Tuesday May 26 and I hope that we will be done by  June 5 .  This  is not a timed test, so I can not give a precise date .  
    What if my student wishes to take German next year, should he/she still take the test?
    Many of our Frenchtown students decide to study German at the high school.  Unfortunately, there are not always enough classes to accommodate all of the students who want to study German.  Without  the S.T.A.M.P. scores, students are  automatically placed in Spanish I.   Therefore, I strongly encourage all qualifying students to take the test and to do their best, so that they do not have to repeat first year Spanish.  
    When will the students receive their scores? 
    The reading and listening scores are available immediately upon completion of those sections.  The speaking and writing sections need to be  individually scored.  These scores are posted at a later date.  In the past, we have had the  complete scores by the end of the school year.   However, this year students took the test later in the school year than in previous years, due to PARCC testing.   Once  all the students have completed the test, I will give the students their scores for the reading and listening sections.  Students will receive a full report when the remaining scores are posted. 
     More Questions?   
    If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at mleuschner@frenchtownschool.org  or  ask me at dismissal on Monday, Thursday or Friday .